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Are you tired of feeling like your faith is stagnant despite all your efforts? Have you been told to simply pray more or read your Bible regularly but still find yourself lacking a deeper connection with God?
It's time to stop the ineffective actions and start fostering spiritual maturity through humility, responding to God's call and embracing Christ-like habits. In this episode, discover the power of deepening your faith as a Christian leader and living a life of consequence directed at God.
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What You’ll Learn
- Understand the vital role of spiritual development in the life of Christian leaders.
- Gain insight into leaders’ temptations and the importance of humility in addressing them.
- Foster unwavering faith by connecting with God's call and forming a deeper relationship.
- Comprehend the true essence of living a purposeful life geared towards God.
- Adopt a Christ-centered attitude, embracing kindness and benevolence in all circumstances.
Spiritual Maturity for Leaders
In the journey of leadership, spiritual maturity plays a crucial role for Christian leaders. Attending leadership development courses isn’t enough; we must be strong in our faith and well rooted in our relationships with God.
As mature leaders, we are positioned to make better decisions and navigate through challenging situations with grace and wisdom. But, as you’ll learn, this kind of maturity costs us something. While salvation is a gift, maturity almost always requires pain.
Learning through Pain
It’s often the pain and discomfort that we’re trying to avoid that lead to the most valuable lessons and insights. Those experiences help us not only develop new skills, but also strengthen our resolve in facing adversity and overcoming obstacles. And it is in persevering that we learn that we really can trust God not only as our provider, but also our shield, our protector, and the lover of our souls.
Insecurity and Achievement
As Christian leaders, we must remember that our leadership is not about showing off or seeking praise. Rather, it’s a calling to both glorify God and also lift up and serve those around us.
We should prioritize developing stronger faith and trust in God rather than seeking validation or constantly pursuing achievements to boost our egos. It is from this position of servant-hearted weakness that we can overcome our insecurities and have confidence in God as we walk in our calling.
Almost inevitably walking in obedience to God will lead to epic faith. But the pursuit of faith, itself, is a fool’s errand. For one thing, the pursuit of faith for the sake of faith is often rooted in our insecurities and egos, but that’s not the only thing.
As we know, God provides all that we need to live and walk in the calling He has for us. And that can be said for faith as well. Epic faith isn’t a thing that we develop so that we have it. Rather, it’s an obedient, humble response to the direction of the Father, flowing from a place of trust and love rather than grit and determination.
Links & Resources
- Purchase a copy of Scott's latest book, Anthologies from the Forefront: Going Deeper in God.
- Check out FX Missions for more information on missions and leadership opportunities.
- If you liked this episode, you might also want to check out episodes 218, 219, and 220, our three part series on lessons from a broken ice cream machine.
About Bryan Entzminger
Bryan Entzminger is a familiar voice in the Leaders Moment. He's been involved in the production of Leaders Moment and our sister show, From the Forefront, since day one. He's a podcast editor and manager, and the host of the now-retired Engaging Missions Show. However, his passion for faith and for high quality podcast production remains.
Today, Bryan joins us by taking over the guest interviewer's seat to dig into some parts of my leadership journey and what God's shown me. When Bryan isn't editing the Leaders Moment, you might find him spending time with his family or at TopTierAudio.com.
About Leaders Moment
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